Ken Jones

191 Peachtree Street NE
Suite 2900
Atlanta, GA 30303-1775

Ken Jones is a Partner in the Atlanta office of Hall Booth Smith, and he brings unique professional and educational work experiences to the firm in representing local governments and their employees in a multitude of matters ranging from alleged civil rights violations and law enforcement to employment matters.

Earlier in his career, he worked on the staff of U.S. Senator Sam Nunn, assisting with a large group and local government constituent services and projects of major impact in agriculture, environment, transportation and disaster services.

Ken also clerked for Presiding Judge Randall Thomas of the Montgomery, Alabama circuit. He was appointed the first in-house Staff Attorney for Bulloch County Board of Commissioners in Georgia, where he handled a wide variety of budgetary, personnel, procedural, contractual and administrative matters.

He has considerable experience in commercial real estate, and as served as corporate real estate counsel for a publicly traded restaurant franchise company. He oversaw transactional work including parcel assemblage, development, construction and related due diligence, including zoning litigation.

Ken and his wife Chris like in the Peachtree Heights West neighborhood of Atlanta, and are actively involved in Leadership DeKalb, where he served as Chairman of the Board of Directors. He volunteers with the Georgia 4-H Foundation Board of Trustees, which he credits for much of his personal and professional success in life. He is an avid photographer, and often volunteers his skills to capture events for the Atlanta Community Food Bank.

EXPERIENCE

Ken’s practice centers on litigation defense of government entities and their employees, as well as general liability claims for private companies and their employees on a variety of claims ranging from premises liability to vehicular accidents.

ADMITTED

  • Georgia, 1994
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, 2002
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia, 2001
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, 2001
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2002

EDUCATION

  • J.D., Cumberland School of Law at Samford University, 1993
  • Master of Public Administration, Georgia Southern College, 1989
  • A.B., University of Georgia, 1986

PUBLICATIONS

  • “Question and Answer with Ken Jones,” Published in the DecPage Quarterly Magazine, the voice of independent insurance agents of Georgia, Fall 2014.
  • “Road Acquisitions and Abandonment,” Georgia County Government Magazine, May/June 2012.
  • “Understanding the Role of the County Attorney,” Georgia County Government Magazine, September/October 2012.
  • “Don’t Get Hit With a Whistle-blower Lawsuit,” Georgia County Government Magazine, September 2003.
  • “ADA Update: Supreme Court Rejects Ability to Perform Job Tasks Standard in Favor of Focusing on a Claimant’s Ability to Perform Activities of Central Importance to Daily Life,” For The Record, Vol. 4, No. 1, Spring 2002.
  • “Eighth Circuit Holds Drug Dog Sniff of Package With Suspicious Label Does Not Violate Fourth Amendment Search and Seizure Principle,” Public Sector Alert, Vol. 1, No. 1, Spring 2002.
  • “Georgia Court of Appeals Says County Board of Equalization Deliberations Are Subject to Open Meetings Act Requirements,” Public Sector Alert, Vol. 1, No. 1, Spring 2002.
  • Announcement by the Defense Research Institute, the voice of the defense bar, about the Holmes trial.

MEMBERSHIPS

  • Atlanta Community Food Bank, Volunteer photographer
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
  • DeKalb County Future Funding Commission, Chairman 2004-2005
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Georgia 4-H Foundation Board of Trustees, Secretary-Treasurer
  • Leadership DeKalb Board of Directors, 2005-2010
  • Leadership DeKalb, Class of 2000
  • Phi Alpha Delta
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • The Lawyers Club of Atlanta

Recognitions

  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Presentations

  • “Common Mistakes of Plaintiff’s Lawyers in Civil Rights Litigation,” Litigation Under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, ICLE of Georgia, November 2016.
  • “Ethical Issues Arising from Simultaneous Representation of Governments and Their Employees,” Litigation Under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, ICLE of Georgia, November 2015.
  • “County Road Issues: Abandonment and Disposal,” Presentation to the County Attorneys Section at the ACCG Annual Meeting, April 2012.
  • “The Fair Labor Standards Act and Overtime Issues for Public Safety Employees,” Presented to the County Attorneys Section, May 2011.
  • Seminar Lecturer: “Georgia’s Offer of Settlement Legislation,” Institute for Continuing Legal Education, Trial and Error Seminar, May 2006.
  • Seminar Lecturer: “Qui Tam: Having the Whistle Blown,” 50th Annual Institute of City and County Attorneys, September 2003.
  • Seminar Lecturer: “Qui Tam: Having the Whistle Blown,” Seminar in the South, June 2003.
A May 12, 2010 ,defense verdict for Partner Ken Jones was recently posted in the latest issue of the DRI's The Voice. Mr. Jones won a defense
Practice Specific Experience

Ken Jones is a Partner in the Atlanta office of Hall Booth Smith, and he brings unique professional and educational work experiences to the firm in representing local governments and their employees in a multitude of matters ranging from alleged civil rights violations and law enforcement to employment matters.

Earlier in his career, he worked on the staff of U.S. Senator Sam Nunn, assisting with a large group and local government constituent services and projects of major impact in agriculture, environment, transportation and disaster services.

Ken also clerked for Presiding Judge Randall Thomas of the Montgomery, Alabama circuit. He was appointed the first in-house Staff Attorney for Bulloch County Board of Commissioners in Georgia, where he handled a wide variety of budgetary, personnel, procedural, contractual and administrative matters.

He has considerable experience in commercial real estate, and as served as corporate real estate counsel for a publicly traded restaurant franchise company. He oversaw transactional work including parcel assemblage, development, construction and related due diligence, including zoning litigation.

Ken and his wife Chris like in the Peachtree Heights West neighborhood of Atlanta, and are actively involved in Leadership DeKalb, where he served as Chairman of the Board of Directors. He volunteers with the Georgia 4-H Foundation Board of Trustees, which he credits for much of his personal and professional success in life. He is an avid photographer, and often volunteers his skills to capture events for the Atlanta Community Food Bank.

EXPERIENCE

Ken’s practice centers on litigation defense of government entities and their employees, as well as general liability claims for private companies and their employees on a variety of claims ranging from premises liability to vehicular accidents.

ADMITTED

  • Georgia, 1994
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, 2002
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia, 2001
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, 2001
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2002

EDUCATION

  • J.D., Cumberland School of Law at Samford University, 1993
  • Master of Public Administration, Georgia Southern College, 1989
  • A.B., University of Georgia, 1986

PUBLICATIONS

  • “Question and Answer with Ken Jones,” Published in the DecPage Quarterly Magazine, the voice of independent insurance agents of Georgia, Fall 2014.
  • “Road Acquisitions and Abandonment,” Georgia County Government Magazine, May/June 2012.
  • “Understanding the Role of the County Attorney,” Georgia County Government Magazine, September/October 2012.
  • “Don’t Get Hit With a Whistle-blower Lawsuit,” Georgia County Government Magazine, September 2003.
  • “ADA Update: Supreme Court Rejects Ability to Perform Job Tasks Standard in Favor of Focusing on a Claimant’s Ability to Perform Activities of Central Importance to Daily Life,” For The Record, Vol. 4, No. 1, Spring 2002.
  • “Eighth Circuit Holds Drug Dog Sniff of Package With Suspicious Label Does Not Violate Fourth Amendment Search and Seizure Principle,” Public Sector Alert, Vol. 1, No. 1, Spring 2002.
  • “Georgia Court of Appeals Says County Board of Equalization Deliberations Are Subject to Open Meetings Act Requirements,” Public Sector Alert, Vol. 1, No. 1, Spring 2002.
  • Announcement by the Defense Research Institute, the voice of the defense bar, about the Holmes trial.

MEMBERSHIPS

  • Atlanta Community Food Bank, Volunteer photographer
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
  • DeKalb County Future Funding Commission, Chairman 2004-2005
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Georgia 4-H Foundation Board of Trustees, Secretary-Treasurer
  • Leadership DeKalb Board of Directors, 2005-2010
  • Leadership DeKalb, Class of 2000
  • Phi Alpha Delta
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • The Lawyers Club of Atlanta

Recognitions

  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Presentations

  • “Common Mistakes of Plaintiff’s Lawyers in Civil Rights Litigation,” Litigation Under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, ICLE of Georgia, November 2016.
  • “Ethical Issues Arising from Simultaneous Representation of Governments and Their Employees,” Litigation Under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, ICLE of Georgia, November 2015.
  • “County Road Issues: Abandonment and Disposal,” Presentation to the County Attorneys Section at the ACCG Annual Meeting, April 2012.
  • “The Fair Labor Standards Act and Overtime Issues for Public Safety Employees,” Presented to the County Attorneys Section, May 2011.
  • Seminar Lecturer: “Georgia’s Offer of Settlement Legislation,” Institute for Continuing Legal Education, Trial and Error Seminar, May 2006.
  • Seminar Lecturer: “Qui Tam: Having the Whistle Blown,” 50th Annual Institute of City and County Attorneys, September 2003.
  • Seminar Lecturer: “Qui Tam: Having the Whistle Blown,” Seminar in the South, June 2003.
A May 12, 2010 ,defense verdict for Partner Ken Jones was recently posted in the latest issue of the DRI's The Voice. Mr. Jones won a defense
Practice Specific Experience